The Q&A Archives: pruning shrubs

Question: I have a weeping larch shrub in my yard.It is thin in the middle. Would pruning the ends cause the shrub to thicken up its growth in the middle?

Answer: I think what you are seeing may be part of the normal development of this plant. As the tree ages it takes on a more interesting and deformed look with growth concentrated at the ends of the branches and a bare center trunk. Larix decidua 'Pendula' is known for its unique sculptural look. Pruning the tips of the branches would not change that overall habit.

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